At 14:00, the England Squad was announced for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. Gareth Southgate’s selection includes Chelsea players, ex-Chelsea players and players the Club has been linked with. Let’s have a look at the squad:

Our captain of the club, Gary Cahill is the only current Chelsea player who has made the squad. Not only does it show the lack of English and homegrown players the Club have, but it emphasises the need to sign English internationals and develop the England stars of tomorrow.

Gary Cahill England

Nathaniel Chalobah, who departed Chelsea for Watford is involved in the squad for the first time. According to the journalist, Nizaar Kinsella, Southgate spoke to Chalobah and recommended he should leave Stamford Bridge if he wants to become a regular in the squad. Chalobah has performed well at The Hornets and is subsequently rewarded with a place in the squad for the first time.

Both Chelsea targets, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jamie Vardy, have made the squad for the World Cup qualifiers.

Earlier on, the under-21 team for England was also announced. Ex Chelsea player, now Liverpool player, Dominic Solanke has made the squad. Three Chelsea loanees, Loftus-Cheek, Abraham and Kasey Palmer have been called up alongside Fikayo Tomori who remains at the Club.  We hope that they can perform well in the under-21s so could forge their way into Gareth Southgate’s squad and give Antonio Conte room for thought ahead of next season.





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